Updated (August 2011): Compare the Canon ELPH 500 HS vs Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

Canon ELPH 500 HS vs Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

Canon ELPH 500 HS
Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

Reasons to buy the Canon ELPH 500 HS

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/2
Large screen
Screen size
3.2"
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
  2. Sensor shift

Items often bought with the 500 HS or SX150 IS

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon ELPH 500 HS.
Explore our gallery of 48 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX150 IS.

differences

Advantages of the Canon 500 HS

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Aperture
Much wider aperture
f/2 vs f/3.4
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At its widest zoom, the 500 HS's lens captures much more light (1.5 f-stops)
High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
240 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 24fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video but at a lower frame rate
Screen size
Larger screen
3.2" vs 3"
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Around 10% larger screen
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
461k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Size
Smaller
101×55×25 mm vs 113×73×46 mm
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2.7x smaller
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
3.4 fps vs 0.9 fps
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Around 4x faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The 500 HS's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Thickness
Thinner
1" vs 1.8"
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Around 50% thinner
Weight
Lighter
185 g vs 306 g
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Around 40% lighter
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Advantages of the Canon SX150 IS

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Macro focus
Better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 3.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/2500s vs 1/1000s
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2.5x faster max shutter speed
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$88.96 vs $145.00
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The best price we've seen is $56 cheaper (around 40% less)
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recommendations

Snapsort can't make a recommendation (yet) because it doesn't have enough data yet about the 500 HS.

similarities

Compared to recent digicams

Common Strengths
Lowest price Inexpensive Help
500 HS$145.00
SX150 IS$88.96
Common Weaknesses
Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
Can only preview photos on the screen
Waterproof Not waterproof Help
Stay on land
HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
You could stitch photos in post
Supports RAW No RAW support Help
Less editing fidelity
Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
Less flexible
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
500 HS3.4 fps
SX150 IS0.9 fps
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
500 HS3,200 ISO
SX150 IS1,600 ISO

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

Travel zoom

$320

Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
Focus points Has slightly more focus points
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Travel zoom

$165

Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Aperture Has a much narrower aperture
Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

Travel zoom

$200 - $249

Battery life Has a much longer battery life
Focus points Has slightly more focus points
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
Nikon Coolpix L830

Nikon Coolpix L830

Super zoom

$170

Zoom Has slightly more zoom
Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

Travel zoom

$230

Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens

Canon ELPH 500 HS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Samsung WB350F

Samsung WB350F

Travel zoom

$200 - $209

Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
Zoom More zoom
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Canon IXUS 255 HS

Canon IXUS 255 HS

Travel zoom

$340

Macro focus Better macro capability
Continuous shooting Shoots faster
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Touch screen No touch screen
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

Travel zoom

$213 - $298

HDR Has in-camera HDR
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
Aperture Much narrower aperture
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Canon ELPH 510 HS

Canon ELPH 510 HS

Travel zoom

$179

Macro focus Better macro capability
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Supports 24p No 24p support
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

Super zoom

$220 - $228

Zoom Much more zoom
3D Takes 3D photos
Size Much larger
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

Canon PowerShot SX150 IS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

Super zoom

$149 - $616

Wide angle Better wide angle
Zoom More zoom
Size Larger
Thickness Thicker
Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

Travel zoom

$224

Battery life Much longer battery life
Fastest shutter speed Faster max shutter speed
Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
Lowest price More expensive
Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

Travel zoom

$266

Battery life Much longer battery life
Weight Slightly lighter
Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
Lowest price Slightly more expensive
Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Entry-level DSLR

$325 body only

$360 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

Battery life Much longer battery life
Autofocus Faster autofocus
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Size Significantly larger
Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120

Pro digicam

$349

Aperture Much wider aperture
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Macro focus Worse macro capability
Lowest price More expensive

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